Nineteen-year-old Christopher Cobb died April 6 when his unit was attacked less than two weeks after he'd arrived in Iraq. Lawmakers stood together to thank his family for their sacrifice.
Sheila Cobb came to the Capitol to receive the thanks and sympathy of a grateful governor and Legislature. Her 19-year-old son, Marine PFC Christopher Cobb, died in an ambush in Iraq earlier this month.
Mrs. Cobb met privately with Gov. Jeb Bush.
"It makes me feel good that the state of Florida is concerned and everybody is concerned. I'm very proud of Christopher for being a Marine. He died for his country," says Sheila Cobb.
The Florida House of Representatives took a break from legislative business to honor Chris Cobb's memory.
"This Bay Shore High School Class of 2003 violinist is remembered as a caring, reserved, fun-loving young man who was very, very, very proud to be a Marine,” says Rep. Bill Galvano, (R) Bradenton, FL.
Sheila Cobb says the outpouring of support does help with the healing process. She believes her son now watches over her from heaven, the good Marine protecting his family for eternity.
Sheila Cobb says she supports keeping the troops in Iraq until they finish the job there, but she hopes their mission ends soon. So far more than 20 Floridians have died in the Iraqi war.
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